The Port of Cagliari represents the main Sardinian logistic asset. It is located in the Mediterranean along the ideal route between Suez and Gibraltar, linking up to 82 destinations all over the world, and representing the ideal gate to Northern Africa. The port consists of two main parts: the historic port, which is in the heart of the city center, located only 100 meters from the main intermodal node of the city, where the bus and railways stations are placed, and the industrial port, about four kilometers away from the city.
The Cagliari-Elmas airport is about eight kilometers away from this node. The industrial port is well structured: the available quay is 1500 meters long, allowing the mooring of vessels with a water draft up to 18 meters. It has a turning basin of 600 meters, 24.000 TEUs of stacking capacity yard area and it is equipped with about 1000 reefer plugs for refrigerated containers; it also has a wide available area for further expansion, of which more than 50 hectares in an advanced stage of refactoring to accommodate the customs free zone.
Future development plans for the Port of Cagliari consist in a significant reorganisation of all the port system in order to cope with the forthcoming increase of traffic for both goods (in the industrial Port) and passengers (in the historic Port). On one hand these changes will have considerable consequences in improving the mid-range productive activities; on the other hand, they will call for a high effort in logistic and mobility planning of the whole metropolitan area of Cagliari.
The changes expected can be summarised as follows:
CagliariPort2020 project aims to build a system able to effectively cope with the forthcoming
increase in vehicles, goods and passengers, by the development of a general methodology for managing the interface between the city and the Port system in terms of logistic hubs, including both the issues related to the movement within the port area as well as the issues related to passengers and goods flows – inward and outbound – throughout the city gateways. According to this vision, CagliariPort2020 aims at solving the problems of integration of the three main hubs: the metropolitan area of Cagliari, the industrial port (goods), the historic port (passengers).
With this purpose CagliariPort2020 envisages a strict collaboration with local stakeholders, in particular with the Cagliari Municipality and the Authority of the Port, who have already expressed their commitment at the time of the project submission. During the project activities the following stakeholders will be actively involved: